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Proxy Targets: Civilians in the War in Burundi
Proxy Targets: Civilians in the War in Burundi
By Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch, 1998, 125 pp
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The Scars of Death: Children Abducted By the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda
The Scars of Death: Children Abducted By the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda
By Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch, 1997, 135 pp
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Six years of civil war in Burundi have pitted the Tutsi-dominated government of Major Pierre Buyoya against several Hutu insurgent groups provisioned from neighboring countries. To deny support to the insurgents, Buyoya has forcibly confined almost a third of a million Hutu peasants in crowded "regroupment camps," where food and medicine are scarce and threats of violence constant. This report details abuses against civilians by both sides in the conflict and finds that international sanctions against Burundi have resulted in only limited improvements in security for rural noncombatants.

In Scars of Death, Human Rights Watch exposes atrocities resulting from the brutal actions of the bizarre Ugandan group called the Lord's Resistance Army. Backed by the Khartoum government in return for services rendered against southern Sudanese rebels, the LRA's Joseph Kony, an Acholi warlord, plunders and terrorizes Uganda's northern districts, replenishing his military forces through the abduction of teenagers. More than ten years of repression by the Ugandan army has failed to eliminate the LRA scourge, leaving the Acholi civilian population, especially its children, exposed to continuing trauma. Human Rights Watch calls on the world to press the Sudanese government to withdraw its aid to the LRA, and on the United Nations to strengthen the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.